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CIP look to Bulgaria for talent

CIP look to Bulgaria for talent

Building on their experience of finding young riders, CIP begin to bring their expertise to other countries, starting with Bulgaria.

Building on their experience of finding young riders, the CIP Team, led by Alain Bronec, begin to bring their expertise to other countries, starting with Bulgaria. In the short term this initiative aims to assist young Bulgarian pilots entering the MotoGP™ World Championship. MotoGP.com met with Alain Bronec to learn more about this process of internationalization.

What are the goals for CIP in relation to the riders from Bulgaria?
“Our goal for Bulgaria is to work closely with a group of sponsors from the country to highlight young Bulgarian talent. First, we act as an interface between the sponsors and the World Championship. For CIP, the second step will be to find the young riders and possibly take them to the Moto3™ Junior World Championship in 2016 or 2017, maybe even the end of the 2015 season with a few wildcards or something in the French Championship.”

This season Tatsuki Suzuki races with CIP in the World Championship, is this the model you’re following?
“Indeed, we have the example of Tatsuki Suzuki. He’s a rider from a regional championship in Japan where the level is quite modest. We invited him to participate in the last two races of the CEV in 2013. In view of his results we then took the steps to realise a full season in 2014 with him. Throughout the season we worked a lot with Tatsuki to help him progress. We also helped him integrate into Europe by placing him in an international school. Today he runs in the World Championship. We seek to repeat this process with other riders. With the help of sponsors this approach looks promising and interesting.”

Which Championships are you currently looking at for new talent?
“There is no real high level national championship in Bulgaria; there is the Alpe Adria Championship. Some of the riders, sometimes a bit older, participate in some races in Italy. We will try to find them early so we can quickly bring them to the highest level of competition.”

Could CIP look to countries other than Bulgaria in the future?
“If we can do something interesting in Bulgaria, it is clear that eventually we could have a junior team that would run two riders in the Junior World Championship. It’s only a beginning. We have the expertise and are confident of being able to bring good returns quickly.”

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Moto3, 2015, CIP

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